Proud! Proud! Proud!

29 Jun

A play in a week – wow!

From the Broadway production

The reason for today’s tenor-themed jokes is that Spud played the lead in Lend Me A Tenor this week.  It was his third play in six months but he rose to the challenge and then some.


His school has a tradition at the end of the year of Lower Sixth students rehearsing and performing a play in a week.  The students choose the director, the play, the cast, the crew; source the props; get a week off lessons to rehearse, which is much harder work than anything they’ll be taught once exams are done.

Because of licensing issues, the directors are chosen some weeks beforehand; they choose the play and begin auditions.  Spud was cast before his exams and spent his revision downtime learning lines.  The actual work started last Thursday, however.  They rehearsed Saturday, each school day and after school as well.  It was worth it.

One of the teachers told me that some years, the kids aren’t interested and it’s a shambles.  Not this year.  The girl playing Maria and the boy playing the bell-hop were particularly good, but each and every parent could feel proud of each and every child involved, front and backstage: it was clear they had worked their backsides off.  Yes, there were mistakes, but the actors ad-libbed and it all added to the fun, especially when Spud accidentally bashed the Tenor’s head against the bed and the Tenor – supposed to be dead – got the giggles.  They should have passed it off as rigor mortis.  

Hub and I went to see the play last night.  Did you ever burst with so much pride, you wanted to run onto a stage and scream at the audience, That’s my son!  That’s my son!?  He was sooooo good – he was nervous, edgy, wimpy, comical, sweaty and just so darn funny.  The drama teacher told him he had ‘a rare talent,’ to act in a Greek Classical play, a major Shakespearean role, and a farce; and to be convincing in each one.

Proud doesn’t begin to cover it.

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48 Responses to “Proud! Proud! Proud!”

  1. Grannymar June 29, 2013 at 11:08 #

    That guy Spud is a natural and I suggest a life on the stage or as a legal eagle for him!


  2. jmgoyder June 29, 2013 at 11:11 #

    Oh Tilly – how wonderful he is! Please give Spud applause from us – bravo, Spud!


  3. sharechair June 29, 2013 at 11:29 #

    How wonderful … for all of you? Now the big question…. is this talent going to be put to use as a career choice?


  4. Kayleigh June 29, 2013 at 11:40 #

    Wow — that’s REALLY impressive! Way to go — I’m here offering a virtual standing ovation (and still in my PJ’s, yet) !!!


  5. McGuffy Ann June 29, 2013 at 11:54 #

    This is exciting! How very impressive! Great job! He could combine his loves and play Sherlock Holmes…just saying…well, he could do both, though!


  6. The Wanderlust Gene June 29, 2013 at 12:10 #

    Ah, Tilly, congratulations! No, I’ve never felt it, but the other day my friend described much the same feeling, watching his son and for the first time I wished I’d had children – so eat it all up, Mother of the Star 🙂


  7. Dawn @ Guiding Light June 29, 2013 at 13:10 #

    How fun! And what a learning experience!


  8. Al June 29, 2013 at 13:16 #

    The next Michael Caine! You should be very, very proud. I’m proud from 3 thousand miles away.


  9. Lauren June 29, 2013 at 13:44 #

    Congratulations to both of you! I know you’re proud, and I hope he is as well ~ he sounds like he has that rare quality: talent. 🙂


  10. Dana June 29, 2013 at 13:54 #

    Many congrats to your son!


  11. mairedubhtx June 29, 2013 at 13:59 #

    Your son is quite the thespian! You have every right to be proud and then some. Congratulations to Spud. I know how hard it is to memorize lines and block out the staging and get it all just right. And to do it all in a week! Amazing!


  12. Fi Biedermann (@Insp2Dream) June 29, 2013 at 14:00 #

    A chip off the old block? Congratulations on having such a talented and entertaining son, can’t begin to imagine where he must get that from 🙂


  13. Janie Jones June 29, 2013 at 14:17 #



  14. Laurie Nichols June 29, 2013 at 14:34 #

    Hooray for Spud!!! He was marvelous. I can imagine exactly how you and the Hub felt in the audience, that is how I feel everytime I hear my baby boy sing and play with his band. How absolutely exciting for Spud, his choices so open and so many, the whole world is his oyster. Isn’t it wonderful to see a new future unfolding before your eyes? 🙂


  15. Judy June 29, 2013 at 14:44 #

    What a wonderful opportunity for your son and for you as well.


  16. Tonya June 29, 2013 at 14:47 #

    Congratulations to you and spud! 🙂


  17. Hilary - Dangled Carat June 29, 2013 at 15:15 #

    Pump fisting and cheering- love it


  18. bluebee June 29, 2013 at 15:45 #

    Spud looks a natural for the stage. What fun.


  19. slpmartin June 29, 2013 at 16:15 #

    I did wonder about the tenor jokes…glad he had a successful performance.


  20. Terry June 29, 2013 at 16:55 #

    Every time I went to one of my kids plays I felt the same way. My heart swelled with pride and I wanted to stand up and say, hey, that’s my kid up there!!!


  21. June 29, 2013 at 17:11 #

    Great achievement, Spud. Bravo. Good pix, too.


  22. restlessjo June 29, 2013 at 17:42 #

    Definitely his mother’s son! 🙂 I can feel you beaming right through the screen, Tilly.
    Love the gallery.


  23. adinparadise June 29, 2013 at 20:23 #

    It’s a fabulous feeling, isn’t it? 🙂 Well done to your star.


  24. kateshrewsday June 29, 2013 at 21:09 #

    He has many talents, Tilly! What a wonderful experience. Yes, I burst with pride, but I think to see one’s son up on a stage, engaging a live audience, must be something special.


  25. Mlissabeth June 29, 2013 at 22:08 #

    Yes, Tilly, I know EXACTLY how you feel! The pictures are awesome. What a great experience. What does “the lower six” mean in terms of years of school?


    • The Laughing Housewife June 29, 2013 at 23:10 #

      Children go to school until they are 16, by law. They can stay on for two more years at school or college, to get A Levels, which qualify them for university.

      At school, the two years are called Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth. It goes back to when we counted our high school years from one to five.


  26. marykatbpcsc45 June 30, 2013 at 01:24 #

    A talented son and popular blog. You are a blessed person. Congrats. Glad I found you on the 6wS hop.


    • The Laughing Housewife June 30, 2013 at 08:45 #

      Thank you! So nice to meet you. Re the request to access my poetry blog – I’m not sure how to grant it 🙂


  27. Rorybore June 30, 2013 at 05:57 #

    Bravo Spud!!! How exciting for you – to watch him up there – shining!!
    lovely post.


  28. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) June 30, 2013 at 10:31 #

    How wonderful for all concerned!


  29. viveka June 30, 2013 at 11:36 #

    Wow, he goes from strength to strength. What a wonderful talent to be an actor … I hope he stays on this path.


  30. SchmidleysScribbling June 30, 2013 at 17:42 #

    Al says he could be the next Michael Caine, but can he do a cockney accent? Dianne

    Congratulations to all of you.


  31. colonialist June 30, 2013 at 21:42 #

    You have every reason to be proud. Wow, that is a demanding tradition! Only a week?
    Gotta ask: does the tenor get paid back with interest?


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